An invariable species with straw coloured wings sometimes strongly tinged with reddish brown. The leading forewing edges are a dark brown with a dark kidney mark. At rest the wings are tightly folded around the body so the moth closely resembles a piece of broken stem or twig.
The adults are attracted to light and flowers. The larvae feed at night between July and October and then overwinter as pupae underground.
Size and Family
- Family – Darts, yellow underwings and clays (Noctuidae)
- Small Sized
- Wingspan Range – 28-32mm
- UK BAP: Not listed
Caterpillar Food Plants
Feeds at night on a wide range of low-growing plants including Common Nettle (Urtica dioica) White Dead-nettle (Lamium album), Hound’s-tongue (Cynoglossum officinale) and Hedge Bedstraw (Galium mollugo).
Found in a broad range of habitats but usually gardens, farmland, downland, hedgerows, heathland and woodland edges.
- Countries – England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland
- Common. Distributed throughout southern Britain, the Isle of Man and Ireland and also in the Channel Islands. Local in Scotland, mainly in the south and south-west.
Flame - Tony Morris
Flame - Heath McDonald
Flame - Tapio Kujala
Flame - Ilia Ustyantsev
Flame - Ben Sale
Flame - nutmeg66 (Flickr)
Flame (caterpillar) - Donald Hobern